League of Women Voters of Saratoga County

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About Us

League then and nowOur Mission Statement

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

A Little History

The League of Women Voters was founded on February 14, 1920 at the Chicago convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, six months prior to the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Carrie Chapman Catt, who led the movement and later lived near New Rochelle, NY, organized the League, whose first goal was to teach women how to exercise their new right to vote. The scope was soon enlarged to include service to all citizens, and political action based on knowledge gained from study became the cornerstone of the League's diverse agenda. The League now has 150,000 plus members and supporters in the U.S., with Leagues in every state, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong. Statewide in New York, there are 60 local leagues with approximately 8000 members.

Slide show: The League of Women Voters Through the Decades

Membership

The League is open to any person who subscribes to the purpose and principles of the League - both men and women. The League of Women Voters is committed to diversity, recognizing that diverse perspectives are important and necessary for responsible and representative decision making in a democracy. To join, visit our Membership page.

Contact Us

Leadership (2017-2018)

  • Presidential Steering Committee:
    • Pattie Garrett (June-Sept. 2018)
    • Ann Kril (Oct. 2017-Jan. 2018)
    • Barb Thomas (Feb.-June 2018)
  • Secretary: Susan Ransom
  • Treasurer: Steven Koebrich
  • Directors:
    • Mary Lou Classen
    • Donna Dardaris
    • Charlotte Druschel
    • Carol Fallon
    • Carol Glansberg
    • Louise Golub
    • Linda Gush
    • Terry Lowenthal
    • Linda McKenney
    • Darnell Rohrbaugh
  • Off-Board Committees
    • Nominating Committee (through 6/2018):
      • Cherie Grey
      • Tim Holmes
      • Donna Dardaris
      • Louise Golub
    • Meetups:
      • Lori Dawson, Co-chair
      • Cherie Grey, Co-chair
    • Membership: Nancy Martinez
    • Public Relations: Francine Rodger
    • Voter Services:
      • Mary Sue D'Orazio, Co-chair
      • Charlotte Druschel, Co-chair
    • Voter Registration: Mary Lous Classen
    • Vote 411: Ann Marie Pendergast
    • Webmaster: Christine Alexander
    • Youth Activities: Darnell Rohrbaugh
      • First Vote: Marian Bigelow
      • Students Inside Albany: Darnell Rohrbaugh
      • Take Me to Vote: Suzanne Bishop with help from Linda McKenney

Organizational History

  • 1964-1965 - Organizing group for the Saratoga Springs area met under the leadership of Betty Gallagher
  • 1965-1967 - Provisional League, Betty Gallagher - President
  • 1967 - Recognized by LWVNY and LWVUS as the League of Women Voters of the Saratoga Springs Area
  • 1971 – Organizing Group for the Shenendehowa area met and was recognized as a Provisional League.
  • 1973 – LWVNY and LWVUS recognized the League of Women Voters of Shenendehowa.
  • 1995 – LWV Shenendehowa changed its name and service area to League of Women Voters of Southern Saratoga County.
  • 1999 – The LWV of Southern Saratoga County disbanded and its members joined LWV of the Saratoga Springs Area.
  • 2000 - In February, LWVUS officially recognized the merged entity as the LWV of Saratoga County.

Past Presidents

Presidents of the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County
  • 2015-2016: Presidential Steering Committee:
    • June, July, August: Nancy Martinez
    • September, October, November: Donna Dardaris
    • December, January, February: Mary Lou Classen
    • March, April, May: Darnell Rohrbaugh
  • 2013 - 2015: Donna Dardaris
  • 2011 - 2013: Pat Nugent
  • 2005 - 2011: Barb Thomas
  • 2003 - 2005: Barb Thomas/ Kim Copenhaver
  • 2000 - 2003: Barb Thomas/Mary Lou Classen

Presidents of the LWV Saratoga Springs Area

  • 1995 - 1999: Barb Thomas
  • 1994 - 1995: Pat Nugent/Terry Lowenthal
  • 1990 - 1993: BarbThomas
  • 1989 - 1990: Maki Jacknowitz
  • 1988 - 1989: Maki Jacknowitz/Dick Beresford
  • 1986 - 1988: Libby Smith/Betty Gallagher
  • 1984 - 1986: Libby Smith
  • 1981 - 1984: Betty Gallagher
  • 1979 - 1981: Margaret Roohan
  • 1977 - 1979: Karen Mencucci Klotz
  • 1976 - 1977: Grace Miller
  • 1975 - 1976: Grace Miller/Elsie Cagle/Linda Sibley
  • 1974 - 1975: Elsie Cagle
  • 1972 - 1974: Josie Pasciullo
  • 1970 - 1972: Margaret Rogers
  • 1969 - 1970: Lois Bovee
  • 1964 - 1969: Betty Gallagher
Presidents of the LWV Shenendehowa/Southern Saratoga County
  • 1997 - 1999: Mary Lou Classen
  • 1995 - 1997: Mary Lou Classen
  • 1995: Name changed to LWV Southern Saratoga County
  • 1993 - 1995: Ann Grey / Hilda Watrous
  • 1990 - 1993: Carol Fleming  (served one year of previous term)
  • 1987 - 1990: Nanette Lofaro (served two terms, moved during last year)
  • 1985 - 1987: Karen Tabor
  • 1973 - 1975: Mary Burke
  • 1983 - 1985: Bernice Steckl
  • 1981 - 1983: Vicky Oswald
  • 1979 - 1981: Joyce Loomis
  • 1976 - 1979: Francine Rodger (served one year of previous term)
  • 1975 - 1976: Jean Schutte (moved mid-term)
  • 1971 - 1973: Lise Cerqua

Archive of LWV Saratoga History

Former longtime president, Barbara Thomas, has organized and compiled the historical records of the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County, and our Board has donated the records to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York. The University at Albany already holds the archival records for our sister leagues from Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties.

The archival Box List includes records of our League from its founding in 1965 through 2010. These archives are now available to researchers and the public at the University of Albany's uptown campus, on the third floor of the Science Library, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York.

Documents for Member Use